Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers
    woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC
    she measured off enough material for a dress
  2. (noun, artifact) things needed for doing or making something
    useful teaching materials
  3. (noun, communication) information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form
  4. (noun, person) a person judged suitable for admission or employment
    she was vice-presidential material
  5. (noun, substance) the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
    wheat is the stuff they use to make bread
  6. (adj, all) having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
    a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical
    most ponderous and substantial things
  7. (adj, all) derived from or composed of matter
  8. (adj, all) having material or physical form or substance
  9. (adj, all) directly relevant to a matter especially a law case
    evidence material to the issue at hand
    facts likely to influence the judgment are called material facts
    a material witness
  10. (adj, all) concerned with or affecting physical as distinct from intellectual or psychological well-being
    the moral and material welfare of all good citizens
  11. (adj, all) concerned with worldly rather than spiritual interests
    material wealth
    material comforts

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Synonyms of Material

cloth, corporeal, fabric, real, stuff, substantial, textile

Antonyms of Material


Alternate forms of Material

Derivations: materiality

Hyponyms: aba, abradant, abrasive, abrasive material, acrylic, adhesive, adhesive agent, adhesive material, aertex, aggregate, alpaca, ammunition, animal material, atom, bagging, baize, ballast, basket weave, batik, batiste, bedding, bedding material, belting, bimetal, bombazine, boucle, broadcloth, brocade, buckram, builder, bunting, calico, cambric, camel's hair, camelhair, camlet, camo, camouflage, canopy, canton flannel, canvas, canvass, cashmere, cerecloth, challis, chambray, chemical, chemical substance, chenille, chiffon, chino, chintz, coating, cobweb, color, coloring material, colour, colouring material, composite material, conductor, contaminant, contamination, copy, cord, corduroy, corpuscle, cotton, cotton flannel, crape, crepe, cretonne, crinoline, damask, denim, detergent builder, detritus, diamagnet, diamante, diaper, dielectric, dimity, discharge, doeskin, drapery, duck, duffel, duffle, dungaree, durable press, dust, earth, elastic, elastomer, emission, etamin, etamine, faille, felt, fiber, fibre, fill, filling, flannel, flannelette, fleece, floc, floccule, fluff, foam, foulard, frieze, fustian, gabardine, georgette, gingham, grogram, grosgrain, ground, hair, haircloth, hazmat, herringbone, homespun, homogenate, hopsack, hopsacking, horsehair, humate, imitation leather, impregnation, insulator, jaconet, jacquard, jean, khaddar, khadi, khaki, knit, lace, lame, leatherette, linen, linsey-woolsey, lint, lisle, litter, macintosh, mackinaw, mackintosh, madras, marseille, mesh, meshing, meshwork, metallic, mineral, mohair, moire, molecule, moleskin, monk's cloth, moquette, moreen, mote, motley, mousseline de sole, muslin, nankeen, net, network, ninon, nonconductor, nylon, oilcloth, olive drab, organza, packaging, packing, packing material, paisley, panting, paper, particle, particulate, particulate matter, pepper-and-salt, percale, permanent press, piece of cloth, piece of material, pilot cloth, pina cloth, pinstripe, pique, plaid, plant material, plant substance, plush, polyester, pongee, poplin, precursor, print, quilting, radioactive material, railing, raw material, rayon, rehash, rep, repp, rind, rock, roofing, sackcloth, sacking, sailcloth, samite, sateen, satin, satinet, satinette, screening, scrim, sealing material, seersucker, serge, shag, shantung, sharkskin, sheeting, shirting, shirttail, silesia, silk, sorbate, sorbent, sorbent material, spandex, speck, sponge cloth, stammel, staple, stone, suede, suede cloth, suiting, swan's down, taffeta, tammy, tapa, tapestry, tapis, tappa, tartan, terry, terry cloth, terrycloth, thickener, thickening, ticking, toner, toweling, towelling, translucent substance, transparent substance, trousering, tweed, twill, undercut, upholstery material, velcro, velour, velours, velvet, velveteen, vernix, vernix caseosa, vicuna, viyella, voile, vulcanized fiber, wad, wadding, wash-and-wear, waste, waste material, waste matter, waste product, watered-silk, waterproof, web, webbing, whipcord, wincey, wire cloth, wool, woolen, woollen, worsted, yoke

Hypernyms: applicant, applier, artefact, artifact, equipment, info, information, substance

Origin of the word Material

  1. late 14c. (adj.) "pertaining to matter," a term in scholastic philosophy and theology, from L.L. materialis (adj.) "of or belonging to matter," from L. materia "matter, stuff, wood, timber" (see matter). The noun is attested from 1550s. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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